History, 1838–1856, volume A-1 [23 December 1805–30 August 1834]

History, 1838–1856, volume A-1 [23 December 1805–30 August 1834]

I did and received the following
Revelation to Newel Knight, given June, 1831.
1 Behold, thus saith the Lord, even Alpha and Omega, the beginning  and the end, even he who was crucified for the sins of the world  Behold, verily, verily I say unto you, my servant Newel Knight,  you shall stand fast in the office wherewith I have appointed  you: and if your brethren desire to escape their enemies let them  repent of all their sins; and become truly humble before me, and  contrite: and as the covenant which they made unto me, has been  broken, even so it has become void and of none effect; and  wo to him by whom this offence cometh, for it had better for  him that he had been drowned in the depth of the sea; but bles sed are they who have kept the covenant, and observed the com mandment, for they shall obtain mercy.
2. Wherefore, go to now, and flee the land, lest your enemies  come upon you; And take your journey, and appoint whom  you will to be your leader, and to pay moneys for you. And  thus you shall take your journey into the regions westward,  unto the land of Missouri, unto the borders of the Lamanites and after you have done journeying, behold I say unto you,  seek ye a living like unto men, until I prepare a place  for you.
3. And again, be patient, in tribulation until I come; and  behold I came quickly, and my reward is with me, and they  who have sought me early, shall find rest to their souls:  even so: Amen.

June 1831

The elders now began to go to the western Country two and  two, according to the previous word of the Lord. From <about this time> P[arley] P.  Pratt, who had returned from this expedition <mission> of last fall. during  the Spring, we had verbal information; and from letters from  the still remaining elders we had written intelligence; and as  this was the most important subject which then engrossed  the attention of the saints, I will here insert the copy of  a letter received about this from that Section, <time we received the following Letter> dated at
Kaw township. (Mo.) May 7. 1831.
Our dearly beloved Brethren, I have nothing particular  to write as concerning the Lamanites; and because of a short  journey which I have just returned from; in consequence of  which I have not written to you, since the 16th of last [p. 122]
JS, History, 1838–1856, vol. A-1, created 11 June 1839–24 Aug. 1843; handwriting of James Mulholland, Robert B. Thompson, William W. Phelps, and Willard Richards; 553 pages, plus 16 pages of addenda; CHL. This is the first volume of a six-volume manuscript history of the church. This first volume covers the period from 23 December 1805 to 30 August 1834; the remaining five volumes, labeled B-1 through F-1, continue through 8 August 1844.